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About Chateau Montelena
Chateau Montelena has produced wine in the Napa Valley for over 100 years. But only since 1972, when the Barret family took over management, has quality taken off. Overseeing the production of roughly 36,000 cases annually, winemaker Bo Barret produces classic, austere Cabernet Sauvignons as well as Zinfandels and Chardonnays.
84 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87(+?)? Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2004
($35; this was previously labeled as the Calistoga Cuvee) Bright ruby-red color. Dusty, slightly rustic aromas of dark berries, maraschino cherry, shoe polish, licorice and leather. At once sweet and cool, with notes of cassis, cola, licorice, menthol, rust and damp earth. Rather brooding young cabernet, finishing with slightly tough tannins and medicinal notes of cassis, licorice and mint.